North Dakota Abortion Facts
State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.
Collective state abortion statistics are gathered privately by The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and federally by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Because of reporting lag, their most recent data is generally 2-3 years old. In most cases, state-level abortion facts are more current than the numbers reported by AGI or the CDC.
To read abortion stories from North Dakota, visit: Abortion Stories (North Dakota)
Total Abortions (2015): 1,166
The North Dakota Department of Health reports that 1,166 abortions took place in North Dakota during 2015.
Total Abortions (2014): 1,264
The North Dakota Department of Health reports that 1,264 abortions took place in North Dakota during 2014.
Total Abortions (2013): 1,182
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 1,182 abortions took place in North Dakota during 2013. The table below compares North Dakota abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2013): 10.0%
In 2013, 10.0% of pregnancies in North Dakota ended in abortion. This number does not take into account miscarriages. It was arrived at by dividing the state abortion ratio by the sum of the abortion ratio plus 1,000. The abortion ratio is the number of abortions that occurred per 1,000 lives births. The table below compares North Dakota abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2013): 33.1%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 33.1% of the abortions that took place in North Dakota were performed on out-of-state residents.
*Gestational weeks are measured from the first day of the woman's last menstruation and not from the day of conception. Though it does not provide an accurate fetal age (which is roughly 2 weeks less than the gestational age), it is the simplest way for an OB/GYN to age a pregnancy since the day of conception is often not known. Hence, if an abortion occurs at 8 weeks gestation, it is actually aborting a 6 week embryo. The images on our Prenatal Development and Abortion Pictures pages are more precisely captioned with fetal ages in accordance with standard teaching texts on prenatal development.
**U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Total Abortions (2011): 1,250
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 1,250 abortions took place in North Dakota during 2011. In 2008, there were 1,400 abortions reported—compared with 1,230 in 2005.
Total Abortions Rank (2011): #49
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, North Dakota's 2011 abortion total places it at number 49 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the most abortions and #51 is the state or district with the fewest).
Abortion Rate* (2011): 9.5
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for North Dakota was 9.5. In 2008, the abortion rate in North Dakota was 11.2. It was 9.6 in 2005 and 9.9 in 2000. The 2011 abortion rate across the entire United States was 16.9.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
Abortion Rate Rank (2011): #37
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, North Dakota's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 37 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the highest abortion rate and #51 is the state or district with the lowest).
Percentage of Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2011): 10%
In 2011, 12,800 women in North Dakota became pregnant. 74% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 10% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 1
In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 1 abortion providers in North Dakota. There were 1 providers in 2008, 1 providers in 2005, and 2 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- Abortion would be banned if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned.
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 24 hours before the abortion takes place.
- Public and private health insurance can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment—unless an optional rider is purchased.
- Health plans offered in the state’s health exchange can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment—unless an optional rider is purchased.
- Medication abortion must be provided using the FDA protocol. The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.
- The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion can take place.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- An abortion cannot be performed at or after 20 weeks postfertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period) unless the woman’s life is endangered or her physical health is severely compromised.